The call to public service, government service and international relations are hallmarks of both the Truman Foundation and the Woodrow Wilson School.
The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation seeks to identify college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in the public service; it provides them with financial support for graduate study, leadership training and fellowship with other students who are committed to making a difference through public service.
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Class of 2018
Caitlin grew up and attended college in the rural American West. She has worked in education for seven years as a consultant, teacher coach, teacher, and researcher in high-poverty environments in D.C., Oakland, San Diego, Seattle and Mexico. She is especially excited about innovative teaching and learning for adults and kids, and spent this summer contributing to several workforce innovation pilots with The New Teacher Project (TNTP). Caitlin is a Truman scholar and a former Princeton in Latin America fellow. She is fluent in Spanish and enjoys comedy and the outdoors in (almost) all forms.
Class of 2017
Evan DeFilippis graduated from the University of Oklahoma with degrees in economics, psychology, and political science. He was the class valedictorian, and received both the Harry S. Truman and Boren Scholarships for public service. He graduated with a Masters in Public Affairs from Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School in 2017. He will be pursuing a Ph.D in Psychology and Organizational Behavior from Harvard University.
Class of 2016
Phil works on climate change finance, low-carbon energy development in Asia, as well as strategy and operations for the World Bank in Washington, D.C. as part of the Young Professionals Program. He has an MA and Ph.D from the Science, Technology and Environmental Policy program at the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University. Phil's dissertation (now book project) examines the international politics of China’s involvement in coal power in Asia and hydropower across Africa, particularly strategic implications for multilateral development banks and climate change governance. Phil was a research scholar at the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi, India in 2015. From 2009-2011, Phil studied south-south cooperation as a Chinese Government Scholar in Shanghai. Phil has been an intern with the Natural Resources Defense Council's Beijing office, the U.N. Environment Program in Nairobi, the Joint Global Change Research Institute in Maryland, and the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Environment and Energy in Washington, DC. He has a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Maryland College Park, and a M.Eng from Tongji University in Shanghai, China.
Christopher Page is currently an Alfa Fellow in Moscow, where he is focused on Russia’s energy supply as it affects Chinese oil & gas markets. Christopher came to the Woodrow Wilson School with three years of experience working on energy policy and business in China and Myanmar, respectively. After college, he spent a year researching buildings and transportation policy as a Princeton-in-Asia fellow at the Natural Resources Defense Council in Beijing. Following that fellowship, he managed business operations for the solar lights division of Proximity Designs, a Yangon-based social enterprise. Christopher is a grateful recipient of the Udall (2009 & 2010) and the Truman Scholarship (2010), and holds degrees in geography and political science from the University of Iowa. He speaks Russian and Mandarin, as well as conversational Burmese.
Class of 2015
Diane Coffey is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology & Population Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a social demographer who studies health in India. One area of her research focuses on the intergenerational transmission of poor population health resulting from India's exceptionally poor maternal nutrition. It traces links among gender, stratification, and poor birth, childhood, and adult health outcomes. Her work on maternal health in India has been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Social Science and Medicine, and the Indian Journal of Human Development.
Another area of Diane’s research finds consequences of poor sanitation in developing countries for early life health, including for mortality, height, and anemia. She has also studied the causes of open defecation in rural India. Rural India's exceptionally high rate of open defecation has much less to do with poverty than with social forces: the renegotiation of caste and untouchability leads people to reject the inexpensive latrines that prevent disease in other developing countries. Her book on open defecation in India, with Dean Spears, is titled Where India Goes: Abandoned Toilets, Stunted Development, and the Costs of Caste, and won the Joseph W. Elder Prize in the Indian Social Sciences in 2017.
Diane is also a visiting researcher at the Indian Statistical Institute in New Delhi, India, and prior to joining UT, she co-founded a research non-profit called r.i.c.e. which aims to inform policies about child health in India. She received a B.A. in Sociology and Letters from Villanova University, and an MPA in Development Studies and a Ph.D in Public Affairs and Demography from Princeton University.
Abby McCartney manages Camden Enrollment, a common application system, for the Camden City School District. Camden Enrollment improves equity and access to public schools in Camden, NJ by providing information to parents about school options and running a single application that families can use to apply to any public school in the city. A graduate of Yale College and a Truman Scholar, Abby began her career teaching high school math at Grace King High School in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, where she also chaired the math department and founded a debate team. After teaching, Abby received a Masters in Public Affairs at from the Woodrow Wilson School, where she volunteered with the Petey Greene Prisoner Assistance Program and as a volunteer income tax preparer. For her summer internship, she served as an Education Division Scholar at the National Governors Association. She has also interned at the Washington D.C. Public Schools, where she contributed to the design and launch of the Mary Jane Patterson Fellowship for Aspiring Principals. In her free time, Abby enjoys reading, cooking, and rooting for Dallas sports teams.
Class of 2014
Jared Duval serves as Executive Director of the Energy Action Network (EAN), a collective impact network made up of a diverse group of leading non-profits, businesses, public agencies and other stakeholders seeking to advance Vermont’s transition to a sustainable energy future and meet 90% of total energy needs through efficiency and renewables by 2050. Previously, Jared served as Economic Development Director for Vermont's working lands and green economy sectors at the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development.
Jared grew up in the Upper Connecticut River Valley, as part of the ninth generation of his family to call the Green Mountain State home. A recipient of the Morris K. Udall (2003 and 2004) and Harry S. Truman (2004) scholarships, he graduated summa cum laude from Wheaton College in Massachusetts in 2005. After graduating, Jared spent nearly three years as the National Director of the Sierra Student Coalition (the national student chapter of the Sierra Club and the largest-student run environmental organization in the United States), helping to design and lead campaigns such as the Campus Climate Challenge, which saw over 500 U.S. campuses commit to climate neutrality and take steps to become models of sustainability. Jared has also been a Fellow at the think-tank Demos, during which time he wrote Next Generation Democracy: What the Open-Source Revolution Means for Power, Politics, and Change, published by Bloomsbury in 2010.
Jared has earned graduate degrees in social science research from the University of Cambridge (MPhil, 2012) and in public affairs from Princeton University (MPA 2014, concentration in Domestic Policy). He lives in Montpelier, Vermont with his wife, the Rev. Joan Javier-Duval and their son, Liam.
Class of 2013
Brett is a Regional Researcher with Population Services International (PSI), based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He supports strategic research and evaluation projects in nine PSI country offices: Burundi, Kenya, Ethiopia, Malawi, Rwanda, Somaliland, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. Prior to joining PSI, Brett worked with the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) as part of its Applied Analytics Team.
Brett obtained an MSPH with a focus on global disease epidemiology and control at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and an MPA from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School. His internship for WWS was in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he worked on monitoring and evaluation (M&E) for a maternal and child health program with John Snow, Inc.
Brett was a 2007 Truman Scholar from Arkansas, the first from Harding University, where he studied political science and biochemistry and molecular biology.
Class of 2011
Nazir is half Mexican and half Lebanese. He was born in Mexico and raised in Seattle, Washington, speaking Spanish, Arabic and English. In 2005-06 he lived in Cairo, Egypt, and completed an intensive classical Arabic language and literature program. He then studied Islamic civilization at the University of Granada in Spain. Upon returning to complete his undergraduate education in Seattle, Nazir founded the Middle Eastern Cultures and Languages Program, which offered Arabic, Farsi and Turkish lessons taught by native speakers. He also taught all levels of Arabic in the program for three years. After completing his master's degree work in International Relations, he is deepening his work in foreign policy-making and Middle East conflict resolution. He is especially interested in pursuing Arabic political discourse analysis and has therefore continued his graduate studies at Georgetown University. In his spare time, Nazir enjoys reading, traveling and learning languages.
Jenn was born in Camden, N.J., and is a 2007 graduate of New School University, where she received a bachelor’s in liberal arts. Before entering WWS, she spent years as an actress. When she was cast in “The Laramie Project,” she came to appreciate the need for action to guarantee equal rights and promote social change. Jenn went on to publish articles, participate in protests and start an arts and political advocacy organization. Her activism landed her at Rikers Island (as a guest speaker), and since then she has been actively engaged in criminal justice reform. In the five years before entering WWS, Jenn worked in dozens of prisons across the country helping to advance policies that help keep families involved during a loved one’s incarceration. While at WWS, Jenn concentrated in Domestic Policy and did her summer internship at the Clinton Foundation’s Harlem office in the Economic Opportunities Initiative. After graduation, Jenn continued exploring ways to improve community involvement for disenfranchised and discouraged people. She was a finalist in the 2011 Presidential Management Fellows Program.
Born and raised in Colorado, Nick has long been a proud social activist. He began his civic engagement as an antiwar leader in high school and then worked on a wide range of progressive issues from building a more just and sustainable global economy to LGBT equality. Nick graduated in 2007 from Boston College with a degree in Economics and spent a year of his undergraduate studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Prior to the attending the Woodrow Wilson School, Nick was a researcher in the New Organizing department of 1199/SEIU, the nation’s largest local union. Today Nick is a Senior Manager at CGI America, the domestic platform of the Clinton Global Initiative, where he established and now oversees a portfolio focuses on economic mobility, social innovation, impact investing, and community and urban development in the U.S.
Thomas is a litigation attorney at the international law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in Washngton, D.C. Prior to joining the firm, Thomas clerked for Justice Edwin Cameron at the Constitutional Court of South Africa, as well as U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel in Charleston, SC, and U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Beverly B. Martin in Atlanta, GA. Thomas attended the University of South Carolina Honors College, where he studied Economics and African Studies, and spent a year at the University of Cape Town. He went on to receive his J.D. from Stanford Law jointly with a Master in Public Affairs from Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University in 2011. Thomas serves on the Board of the USC Honors College and of Even Ground, an organization supporting child-centered health and education initiatives in African communities affected by HIV/AIDS.
Sarah leads the Center for Creative Land Recycling (CCLR), a national non-profit based in California that empowers communities around the country to sustainably and equitably return underutilized land to productive reuse.
Prior to joining CCLR, Sarah served in the federal government, first with USAID as a Presidential Management Fellow in Washington, D.C., and then with HUD in Memphis, T.N., where she led the Memphis pilot of the White House Council on Strong Cities, Strong Communities.
Sarah came to the Woodrow Wilson School with a background in international development, having worked in India, Central America and Southeast Asia. At WWS, she spent her summer internship working with the Millennium Challenge Corporation on a road resurfacing project in Vanuatu, which deepened her interest in urban development and the role of infrastructure in economic development. While at WWS, Sarah was a Fellow with the Lichtenstein Institute on Self Determination, where she researched conflict and post-conflict stabilization. Sarah is a proud native of Washington State and earned her B.A. at Eckerd College in 2006.
The office of the Special Envoy for Climate Change leads all international U.S. government bilateral and multilateral efforts on climate change. Previous to her current role, Sierawski worked for now Secretary of State John Kerry as his Energy and Environmental Adviser in the U.S. Senate, and, before that, she spent two years as the Special Assistant to the U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change, Todd Stern. In this position, she worked on the international climate negotiations, including COP15 in Copenhagen, and various bilateral and multilateral initiatives. Sierawski has particular expertise in U.S.-China bilateral cooperation and has been at the forefront of developing what is now a robust bilateral relationship on climate change with the Chinese. Sierawski completed her undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh, where she majored in Environmental Studies, Political Science, and Chinese. Sierawski is a Truman and Udall Scholar.
Born in Iowa, Will grew up in Iowa City and Japan. He graduated in 2004 with degrees in Africana Studies and Public Policy and American Institutions from Brown University, where he was a member of the Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice, and worked with several local political and social campaigns and educational organizations. He gained a variety of perspectives through work for the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and in Florida during the 2004 elections, operating a forklift at a cargo warehouse at the Los Angeles airport; repairing trails in Sequoia National Park; preparing standardized test packets on an assembly line; and interviewing and shadowing medical providers behind the scenes at more than 50 doctors’ offices and hospitals in a public health study. From 2006 to 2008 he was director of the Rhode Island Urban Debate League and associate director in charge of youth programs at Brown University’s Swearer Center for Public Service. He also worked as an organizer for the Obama campaign, covering 2,800 square miles of rural Iowa. He spent his 2010 summer internship at the White House Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. He is now a senior associate at ideas42 in New York.
Class of 2010
William (Bill) Parsons Is U.S. Army officer currently serving at the U.S. Embassy in Tunis, Tunisia.
Class of 2009
Class of 2008
Jonathan Gandomi has worked in the Department of State since graduating from the Woodrow Wilson School in 2008. He currently serves in the Bureau of Counterterrorism as the Deputy Director for Strategy, Plans, and Initiatives. Previously, Jon was the Director for Central Africa at the National Security Council where he was responsible for U.S. government policy in ten countries in Central Africa. He was also a member of the core team who led preparations for the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C. in August 2014. Jon served as the State Department Field Representative for the Lord’s Resistance Army issues in Uganda, South Sudan, Central African Republic, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo from 2012-2014. Jon has also completed two tours in Afghanistan as a technical advisor from U.S. Embassy Kabul to the Afghan Ministry of Finance and High Peace Council. Prior to joining the Department of State, Jon worked on Russia and Central Asia in both the private and NGO sectors. In addition to his MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School, Jon has a B.A. in international studies from the University of Arizona, where he was awarded the Truman Scholarship in 2003. He and his wife, Christine, currently live in Washington, D.C. and have two small children.
Jessica Hembree, MPA, is Program & Policy Officer at the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, a philanthropic organization focused on safety net health care, mental health, and developing healthy communities. In this role, Ms. Hembree leads the development and pursuit of the Health Care Foundation’s public policy agenda. Under her tenure, the foundation has been engaged in issues ranging from the development of a statewide oral health coalition to increasing the age of sale for tobacco products to supporting health insurance marketplace enrollment.
Ms. Hembree joined the Health Care Foundation in 2008 as a Program Officer and assumed policy advocacy responsibilities shortly thereafter. Ms. Hembree previously served in advocacy roles at the National League of Cities and Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of American in Washington, D.C. She received her master’s degree in Public Affairs with a focus on health and health policy from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.
Class of 2007
Jules Bailey is the Chief Stewardship Officer and Director of External Relations for Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative (OBRC). As CSO, Jules is responsible for charting the future of Bottle Bill implementation and ensuring the deposit and redemption system remains convenient, relevant, and effective for Oregonians. He is also responsible for new initiatives, including the proposed Bottle Fill program for refillable beer bottles. As Director of External Relations, Jules oversees all press, media, and public communications, as well as relationships with corporate partners and government relations.
Prior to joining OBRC, Jules served as a Multnomah County Commissioner, and is a former state legislator with experience working on the Bottle Bill. He is trained as an economist and environmental policy specialist, receiving degrees from Princeton University and Lewis and Clark College. He is a native of Portland, Oregon, where he lives with his family.
OBRC is a member-owned, cooperative corporation that collects and processes nearly all containers sold and redeemed in Oregon. OBRC counts, sorts, crushes, bales and recycles 1.2 billion containers each year. The entire process is funded and managed by the beverage and grocery industries at no cost to taxpayers.
Class of 2006
In collaboration with the U.S. Departments of Defense, Health and Human Services, and State, Han leads a 32-member team of physicians and social scientists to oversee one of the United States Government’s largest health programs in the world. With an annual budget of $253 million, they enable clinics and hospitals to provide life-saving treatment for over 335,000 HIV-positive people in 18 states across Nigeria, including five in the conflict-ridden Northeastern region. They also support local organizations and social workers to serve over 774,000 AIDS-affected orphans and vulnerable children and lift their families and communities out of poverty throughout the country.
Han has devoted his career to ending extreme poverty and fostering sustainable growth by addressing food insecurity, ill health, and social injustice. Before Nigeria, he led health teams in Ethiopia, Nepal, South Sudan, and Zambia as part of USAID’s development and humanitarian assistance efforts in these countries. The U.S. Department of State recognized Han with a Superior Honor Award for adapting science and technology to empower marginalized communities and multiple Meritorious Honor Awards for advancing diversity and inclusion in diplomacy and staff development.
Prior to joining USAID as a Foreign Service Officer in 2007, Han worked with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and California Department of Public Health in the United States-Mexico border region, where he investigated infectious disease outbreaks and established binational animal and public health surveillance systems. Han earned a Master of Science in Health Policy, Planning, and Financing from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine as a Fulbright Scholar. He also earned a Master of Public Affairs in Development Studies from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs as a Truman Scholar. Han is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.
Until recently, David Malkin served as the Director of Communications and Policy for Drax Biomass Inc. His responsibilities include U.S. government relations, public affairs and internal and external communications. David joined Drax Biomass from General Electric, where he led the company’s engagement in state electricity regulatory proceedings, crafted government relations strategies to support the company’s energy technology portfolio and advised leadership on crisis and reputation management as the Director of Global Government Affairs and Policy for the Energy Management business unit.
David brings 14 years of public and energy sector experience to the role. Prior to joining General Electric in 2007, he worked at the U.S. Government Accountability Office, U.S. Department of Energy and also served as a Military Intelligence Officer in the U.S. Army. He has a deep background in policy development and public affairs, and maintains strong working relationships with major industry associations, trade publications, think tanks and non-governmental organizations. David received a Master in Public Affairs degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and a Bachelor of Science degree in Comparative Politics from the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Class of 2005
Class of 2004
Kate Jaeger is the Project Director for the longitudinal birth cohort study, the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study (FFCWS), within the Center for Research on Child Wellbeing (CRCW) at Princeton University. In her role, Kate manages an $8 million grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, oversees survey field work, and coordinates with FFCWS collaborative studies (in areas such as genetic, sleep, and brain development research). On FFCWS, Kate also supervisors a team of statistical programmers, and directs the day-to-day operations of the study (including outreach, data user support, grants reporting, and human subjects protections). FFCWS has been interviewing a group of 5,000 U.S. families over the past 20 years in order to collect data on the factors affecting child health and development, and family wellbeing.
Previously, Kate worked for the Center for Health Care Strategies, APPRISE, and the State of New Jersey in research and policy analyst positions. She has an MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, and a BA in Economics and Political Science from Muhlenberg College.
Class of 2003
Class of 2002
Cindy Huang is a senior policy fellow at the Center for Global Development. She works on issues related to refugees, fragile and conflict-affected states, gender equality, development effectiveness, and strengthening US development policy. Most recently, she co-chaired a study group on forced displacement and development, culminating in a report with the International Rescue Committee, Refugee Compacts: Addressing the Crisis of Protracted Displacement. Previously, Huang was the Deputy Vice President for Sector Operations at the Millennium Challenge Corporation where she led the strategic direction and technical oversight of a $2 billion portfolio of social sector investments. She also served in the Obama Administration as the director of policy of the State Department’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, and as senior advisor to the State Department’s counselor and chief of staff. In her latter role, Huang managed the interagency leadership team of Feed the Future, a presidential initiative launched by a $3.5 billion, three-year commitment to agricultural development and food security. Huang has also worked for Doctors Without Borders and the Human Development Center in Pakistan. She has a Ph.D in cultural anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, an MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, and a B.A. in Ethics, Politics and Economics from Yale University.
Class of 2001
Lisette is a seasoned social entrepreneur and widely respected public sector leader. She is a Clinical Professor in Educational leadership and Policy Studies at Steinhardt and New York University. Lisette is a Founding Partner at Lingo Ventures, where she leverages her expertise in education, talent recruitment/retention, enterprise growth, and change management and provides consulting services to the nonprofit and public sectors.
Prior to Lingo Ventures, Lisette served for two years as the Belle Zeller Distinguished Visiting Professor in Public Policy at the City University of New York at Brooklyn College. During this time, she also led the launch of a pilot workforce and community college partnership in Miami and Philadelphia.
Lisette also served as the founding Executive Director of Year Up NY, an innovative workforce development program, where in the span of five years she grew the organization from a $250,000 seed grant to a $6,000,000 operation with only 40 staff serving over 1,000 young adults from low-income neighborhoods empowering them to go from poverty to professional careers in a single year.
In her government roles, Lisette was appointed by President Obama as a Commissioner on the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, where she served as the Co-Chair for the Higher Education Subcommittee. She also served as the Chief of Staff at the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) for the City of New York and, working at the federal level at the Corporation for National Service, she was part of the launch and administration of the AmeriCorps program.
Lisette's board affiliations include the Fund for the City of New York, Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School Advisory Council, Stand for Children, Edwin Gould Foundation, and the Guttman Community College.
Lisette holds a B.A. from Brooklyn College, an MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and an Ed.D in Higher Education Management at the University of Pennsylvania.
She is a Truman Scholar, Rhodes Scholar and an Aspen Pahara Fellow.
Kate Schnippel Bistline joined the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator and Global Health Diplomacy at the US Department of State as an Economist in July 2016. Kate relocated to the Washington DC area from South Africa for the position, having spent the last 12 years in South Africa working on PEPFAR supported projects in the region. Most recently (2014-2016), she worked as an epidemiologist and health economics senior researcher with Right to Care (a South African NGO) and held an honorary joint appointment as senior researcher at the School of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand. Her main focus has been on the effectiveness and costs of drug-resistant TB treatment and budget support to the SA National TB Program. She previously (2011-2014) worked as a senior health economist at the Health Economics and Epidemiology Research Office focused on cost evaluation of drug-resistant TB treatment and cost modeling of Xpert MTB/RIF in South Africa.
Before starting in research, Kate managed Right to Care's sub-recipient program 2007-2011. She also established and managed the orphans and vulnerable children program of Habitat for Humanity International from 2003-2007, implemented in South Africa, Uganda, Zambia, Mozambique, and Lesotho. Prior to working in Africa, she was based in Cairo, Egypt at Habitat for Humanity.
Kate graduated from Indiana University with a BA in Economics, Political Science, and Near Eastern Languages & Cultures, including a year abroad at the American University in Cairo. Before starting grad school, she worked as a disease intervention specialist at a sexually transmitted infections clinic in Fort Lauderdale, FL. As a Truman Scholar, she completed an MPA with a certificate in demography from the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University in 2001. In June 2015, she registered for her PhD in Public Health from the Health Economics Unit of the University of Cape Town.
Class of 2000
Darci Vetter is Deputy Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services at USDA, where she oversees the activities of the Foreign Agricultural Service, including trade policy and promotion, USDA's food assistance and agricultural development programs, and agricultural reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan. Darci brings a strong agricultural and trade background to her post.
Before joining USDA, she served as an International Trade Advisor on the Democratic Staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, where she advised Chairman Max Baucus and other Committee members on trade issues relating to agriculture, the environment and labor, including the 2008 Farm Bill.
Prior to her work on the Finance Committee, Darci spent six years at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), most recently as Director for Agricultural Affairs. At USTR, Darci was responsible for facilitating NAFTA implementation and resolving agricultural trade issues with Canada and Mexico, as well as participating in the WTO Doha Round negotiations.
Darci also served as the Director for Sustainable Development in USTR's environment office, where she negotiated the environmental provisions of the U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement and negotiated trade provisions in U.N. environmental treaties, including the World Summit on Sustainable Development.
Darci lives in Washington, DC with her husband, Jason, and two small children, Grace and Eli. She received her Master of Public Affairs degree and a Certificate in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School, and her undergraduate degree from Drake University in Des Moines. She grew up in Nebraska on a family farm.
Class of 1999
Chris Taylor is currently City Manager for Google Fiber in Portland, Oregon. Google Fiber is a gigabit speed, fiber-to-the-home internet and television service provider and is working to expand access to the internet through digital inclusion programs. Prior to joining Google in 2015, Chris served as Executive Director of the West Coast Infrastructure Exchange (WCX), a non-profit organization founded by governors and treasurers of the west coast states to increase private investment in needed public infrastructure projects. In that role he worked with governments at the local, state and federal level and private sector infrastructure investors to develop new models for public private partnerships that align the interests of both sectors. Prior to WCX, Chris spent over a decade developing renewable energy projects, most recently as Chief Development Officer for Element Power US, a developer and operator of wind and solar energy projects. He has led the development of over $1 billion of wind and solar projects now in operation around the country, which generate enough power for 250,000 households.
Chris started his career as Peace Corps volunteer in Cote d’Ivoire, followed by serving as Legislative Director for OSPIRG (an environmental group) before attending WWS. After graduating from WWS, Chris was Program Manager for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s solid waste and recycling program. Chris graduated from Amherst College magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa and is both a Truman Scholar and a Marshall Memorial Fellow. He studied domestic policy and received a STEP certificate from WWS where he was the first recipient of the Donald Stokes Prize.
Class of 1998
Mary has had a varied career as an attorney and strategist, in both the nonprofit and government sectors. Mary started her career as a public interest law attorney focused on housing and civil rights at the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless and Business and Professional People in the Public Interest (BPI). She then moved into state government, serving as Senior Counsel to the Governor of Illinois, helping to create and manage the Illinois Office of Executive Inspector General as Deputy Inspector General, and serving as Senior Advisor to the Illinois Attorney General. Mary now serves as Managing Director of Mission + Strategy Consulting, a national consulting firm based in Chicago, where her practice is focused exclusively on supporting nonprofits to accelerate their social impact through strategy, leadership, culture and structure.
Mary has a B.A. with High Honors from Swarthmore College, a Master in Public Affairs from Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and a J.D. from New York University School of Law. Mary has been honored to be named a Truman Scholar, a Root-Tilden-Snow Scholar, a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow, and a German Marshall Fellow.
Class of 1996
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Class of 1992
Ron is the Regional Director of Freedom Prep Charter School in Camden, NJ. Freedom Prep is part of Democracy Prep Public Schools, an expanding "No Excuses" charter school management organization serving students in New York City, Camden, NJ, Washington, DC and Baton Rouge, LA. He is a co-founder and the former executive director of Foundation Academies, an independent “No Excuses” charter management organization located in Trenton, NJ, and he has worked at the school, district and state level, as well as in the private sector, on issues of improving educational outcomes and access. Ron serves on the Woodrow Wilson School Advisory Council and is a Trustee of Bowdoin College and the New Jersey Charter Schools Association.
Dr. Jennifer Isern, Senior Manager and Practice Manager, Finance and Markets, East Asia & Pacific Region, World Bank Group, brings 29 years of experience in development in more than 65 countries. Since October 2016, Dr. Isern is Practice Manager for the Finance and Markets Practice of the World Bank Group for East Asia and the Pacific. Based in Hanoi, she supports the team and our clients to develop financial sectors in the region with focus on policy and regulatory advice, financial sector stability measures, financial infrastructure, debt resolution and insolvency, expanding access to finance for households and SMEs, capital markets, and long-term finance. From 2014-2016, she served as Practice Manager for the IFC portfolio across South Asia, East Asia, and the Pacific for the Finance and Markets Practice. From 2009-2014, she served as Regional Manager for Access to Finance Advisory for IFC in South Asia. Previously, Dr. Isern worked as Lead Microfinance Specialist at CGAP from 1996 to 2009, where she served as member of the senior management team, manager for CGAP's work in Africa and China, and manager of CGAP's network of regional representatives globally. She led several CGAP global initiatives on payments, anti-money laundering, appraising, funding and capacity building for microfinance institutions, and African financial sector development. Prior to joining CGAP, Dr. Isern was the Regional Technical Adviser for economic development in West and Central Africa with CARE International, and she founded and managed financial service providers while living in Niger (1990-91), and Togo (1992-1996). From 1988-1992, Dr. Isern consulted with public and private sector clients including USAID in Costa Rica and Senegal, UNDP in New York, and AT&T’s international division. She has authored more than 50 publications on financial sector development and broader development issues. A CFA charterholder, Dr. Isern received her bachelor's degree from the University of Montana, her master’s degree in development economics from Princeton University, and her doctorate in both finance and international business from Nova Southeastern University.
Class of 1991
Class of 1990
Class of 1989
William Rogers, who goes by the nickname "Brother", became the director of the Programs and Communication Division of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History in 2017. From 1990 to 2016, he was the associate director of the John C. Stennis Center for Public Service in Starkville, Mississippi. Before joining the Stennis Center, Brother served as a legislative assistant to U.S. Representative Donald Payne of New Jersey. Brother graduated magna cum laude in 1987 from the University of Alabama, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in economics, was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, and was selected as a Harry S. Truman Scholar from Mississippi. He holds a master's degree in public affairs (MPA) from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He grew up in Brandon, Mississippi and was a high school exchange student in Kyoto, Japan.
Brother is active in community affairs. He is past president of the Mississippi Historical Society and serves as a board member of both the Mississippi Heritage Trust and the Mississippi Humanities Council. He is a past president of both the Starkville chapter of Parents for Public Schools and Friends of the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum. He is a past president and past lieutenant governor of the Kiwanis Club of Starkville and past vice president of the Starkville Area Habitat for Humanity affiliate. He is a past president of the United Way of North Central Mississippi and was the 2002 chair of their annual fund raising campaign. Under his leadership, the United Way set a fund raising record. He served eight years as the facilitator for the Race Relations Team of the Starkville Area Chamber of Commerce and is responsible for the Cool Papa Bell historical marker in Starkville. He chaired the Unity Park Committee, which created a park in Starkville to honor Mississippians who have improved race relations in the state. He was a guest columnist for the Starkville Daily News from 1994 to 2017. Brother was a scout leader from 1999 to 2011 and served two three-year terms as chairman of the Troop Committee for Boy Scout Troop 14. He won the 2011 Bert Reed Award for Outstanding Adult Leadership in Troop 14. He has coached youth soccer and youth baseball teams.
Brother has won two Awards of Merit from the Mississippi Historical Society, one for his work on Unity Park in Starkville and another for photographing historical markers across the state.
Brother was an adjunct professor from 2008 to 2014 in the Honors College at the University of Alabama, where he taught a course on women and political leadership. He was a mentor in the Starkville public schools for six years.
In the spring of 2000, he spent four weeks in China with a delegation from Mississippi on a Rotary Group Study Exchange trip. In 2015, Brother toured Turkey with The Institute of Interfaith Dialog. An avid traveler, he has visited five continents, all 50 U.S. state capitals and more than 30 national parks. Brother is an avid Alabama football fan and has read at least one biography of every U.S. president. He and his son Andrew, a student at Mississippi State University, enjoy music, sports and traveling.
Class of 1987
After receiving her MPA from WWS, Rev. Field went on to receive an MDiv from Union Theological Seminary in New York City and was ordained as a Minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA). While serving congregations in Fairfield County, Connecticut, her work focused primarily on social justice advocacy and developing hands-on service projects at soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and in low-income housing rehabilitation. She also did project evaluation for mission funding in Kenya, India and Nepal. During her time in Connecticut, she also spent four years as a Development Officer and Community Educator at a large domestic violence agency in Stamford and Norwalk. In 2015, she became the Executive Director of the Maine Council of Churches, a statewide organization of nine mainline denominations that does legislative advocacy, develops programs on issues related to social, economic and climate justice, and promotes civil discourse in politics.
Thomas J. Putnam served as the Director of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum from 2007 to 2016 and currently serves as a Special Assistant for Presidential Libraries for the National Archives and Records Administration.
A graduate of Bowdoin College and the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, he was a Thomas J. Watson Fellow in Quebec, Canada; a Fulbright Scholar in Senegal, West Africa; and the recipient of a Harry S. Truman Scholarship.
He began his career teaching history in a public high school in Maine. And for close to a decade, he directed a federally funded Upward Bound program helping low income high school students from throughout New England to be the first in their families to attend college.
Class of 1986
Craig Richardson is a California native. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in government cum laude from Pomona College in Claremont, CA, and was there admitted to Phi Beta Kappa. He studied Central American history and politics at the Universidad de Costa Rica, as a Rotary International Scholar. In addition to his M.P.A. from Princeton, Richardson earned a law degree from Stanford University. Richardson is a retired Navy Reserve intelligence officer, achieving the grade of Commander. During his more than two-decade military career, he provided intelligence analysis and support in operations throughout the globe. On six occasions, he received active duty orders directly to the White House’s National Security Council in connection with Presidential initiatives from Haiti to Bosnia and from Afghanistan to Iraq. In September 2001, Richardson was recalled to active duty in Operation Enduring Freedom. While on active duty for the following year, he provided space-based intelligence analysis in direct support of combat operations in Southwest Asia. For his service, he was awarded the Joint Service Achievement Medal and the Navy’s Meritorious Service Medal (with oak leaf cluster), among other awards and decorations. As a practicing attorney, Richardson was a litigation partner at several large national law firms and, for nearly a decade, served as the General Counsel of the El Paso Pipeline Group prior to its $38 billion merger with Kinder Morgan. Before his legal career, Richardson worked on the staff of the Reagan White House’s National Security Council, in the U.S. Department of State’s Politico-Military Affairs and Intelligence Bureaus, in the Mutual Defense Assistance Office of the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, and in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Richardson began his federal service as a Presidential Management Fellow. For over half a decade, Richardson also served on the Board of Education of the Douglas County School District, the third largest school district in Colorado with nearly 70,000 students, where he actively promoted 21st learning innovation, as well as choice and competition in K-12 education.
Class of 1985
Glenn Lunden came to the Woodrow Wilson School Master's program with the intention of pursuing a career in public transportation and planning, having already worked at several summer and part-time internships in that field. Indeed, Glenn works today in the same department at MTA New York City Transit where he interned while in college back in 1981 and where he started full-time in 1986. Over the following 31 years, Glenn has worked in a variety of planning and policy analysis positions and has been involved in a number of key initiatives, including the development of the electronic MetroCard and planning for new subway lines, like the recently opened Second Avenue Subway. In his current position, Senior Director of Subways Schedules, he heads up a unit that writes permanent and temporary timetables and crew assignments for the over 8,200 subway trips that run each day, and he continues to be involved in major planning initiatives for NYCT. When not playing with trains for a living, Glenn has pursued other interests, including gay and lesbian rights. In the mid-1980's, Glenn helped organize Princeton University's gay and lesbian alumni association, the Fund for Reunion/Princeton BiGALA, and served on its Board for several years. Glenn lives in Brooklyn with his husband, Frank Meola.